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VMI helps Seton Hall set pith record

Such a shame that VMI is not in danger of being ranked in the Atlantic 11. When you give up 134 points to Seton Hall--which set a school record--and allow some dude to come off the bench and hit 12 three-pointers and score 40 points, the one-liners should flow.

"In order to keep track of this game, you needed a math degree, a really long pencil and an inhaler," the Star-Ledger reported, though Atlantic 11 voters could likely do better.

In any case, before this week is officially over, here's the rest of the A11 pith.

1. Georgetown

Setting those early season expectations high, so the late season fade will look that much better. (Matthew Howard)

Hoyas fans disappointed to learn that Georgetown was not the former team Allen Iverson was returning to. (John Albers)

Wins over American and Mount Saint Mary's leave the Hoyas a victory over Towson shy of beating every second-choice school in the Maryland-DC area. (Jack Lambert)

Tough task against Butler and forward Avery Jukes, whose name pretty much requires that he become a member of the And1 Mixtape tour or a Harlem Globetrotter. (Markus Videnieks)

Butler game caused many confused students to think they had a 7 p.m. appointment with their household help. (Mike Steele)

Before this week, the Hoyas' schedule had been as easy as a 23-yard field goal. (Timothy Lyden)

American game marred by Michaele Salahi's attempt to join the cheerleading squads' halftime routines. (Bill Fitzgerald)

The Eagle Bank Bowl is going to be played at 4:30pm on a non-holiday Tuesday? Thank God they're keeping such a rich tradition alive instead of, you know, playing games that people actually want to watch. (Jamie Paquette)

2. Virginia Tech

Should've joined the Big Ten. (Max Wasserman)

Hokies are tempering expectations for the rest of the season by referring to the ACC as the "Group of Death." (Jamie Paquette)

Hokies finally beat an SEC opponent. Unfortunately, it was in basketball. (Mike Rannells)

The funny thing about Virginia Tech beating Georgia is that Seth Greenberg is a great admirer of the artist Georgia O'Keefe, whose powerful abstract images of the American Southwest make Greenberg long for his hometown of Plainview, Long Island. Did I mention that my wife is also from Plainview? (Bill Fitzgerald)

[Insert obligatory Jewish joke here]. (M. Pettiford)

3. Maryland

Nothing like seeing the Verizon Center packed to see the hometown boys, who all play for...Villanova. (Clinton Yates)

Loss to Villanova ended two-game streak of wins over 1980s NCAA champions. (Ivan Snyder)

Gary's plan to motivate his team by losing enough games to become underrated is right on schedule. (Peter Keszler)

The key to stopping Eastern Kentucky was containing guard Papa Oppong. Less important, Mama Oppong and Baby Oppong. (Markus Videnieks)

Like the Redskins, they can't beat anyone good. Have a feeling that like the Redskins, the Terps won't also be able to beat anyone that's bad. (Michael Palan)

Jay Wright took the Coach K approach when dealing with the Terps: wear a fancier suit, constantly berate the officials/whine about every call, win smugly, and do not touch the sweat-soaked back of Gary Williams during post game ManHug. (Raphael Mazzone)

After Villanova's Scottie Reynolds dropped 25 and 8 on them, Gary Williams was heard saying, "that kid's pretty good, where did he go to high school?" (John Regan)

With George Mason and Maryland dispatched, Scottie Reynolds now vows to defeat Gilbert Arenas, Clinton Portis, Alex Ovechkin, and Chuck Brown to complete his revenge. (Briscoe)

I was thinking about a trip to Spain next year. Maybe I'll go see Greivis Vasquez play while I'm out there. (Joey Flyntz)

Gary Williams is checking to see how many more games the Redskins play so he can determine how much longer it will be until everyone realizes the Terps have not beaten a decent team. (Grant Kronenberg)

4. Richmond

In the wake of cutbacks at the Washington Times, at least the Mooneys can still take pride in the job Chris is doing coaching the Spiders. (John Albers)

New dance craze hitting the city of Richmond: the Mooneywalk. (Brock Pierson)

Justin Harper was hotter than Justin Bieber in the Spiders' win over Old Dominion. Readers who are not prepubescent girls can be forgiven for not getting that reference. I cannot be forgiven for writing it. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Steadily maintaining pride in being "the second best team...in Richmond". (M. Pettiford)

A blog entry and two-thirds of a chat were devoted solely to hypothetical D.C. match-ups named after bus routes, whilst the Broad Street Brawl has gone completely unnoticed. Yes, I live in Richmond; And yes I have more. The Cary Street Clash. The Fight for the Fan. The Monument Avenue Melee. (Stop me at anytime). The former Trolley Line Tussle. The James River Joust. The Batteau Battle. (Jake Leffler)

When I think of Richmond, two words come to mind: believe & cigarettes. (Michael Palan)

5. William & Mary

Victory over VCU was best win for Tribe over Rams the Book of Genesis. (Ivan Snyder)

Beating Richmond and VCU in November while having a top 20 RPI rating wont get them to the NCAA tournament, but it will get them to the top of the A-11. (Brock Pierson)

I'll reserve judgment on the Tribe until after the Vassar game. (Joey Flyntz)

Wait, so do I actually have to pay attention to this team now? Because if so, it's going to knock some other bits of information out of my brain, like "don't touch hot things" or "remember to wear pants when leaving the house." (Jamie Paquette)

Founded in 1693, William and Mary's streak of 316 years without an appearance in the NCAA Tournament could be in jeopardy this year. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Wonder if William & Mary alums are allowed to marry outside of the Tribe. (Michael Palan)

Have a strong home-court advantage in that all visiting teams also go to learn about Colonial Williamsburg and how to churn butter. (Max Wasserman)

6. George Washington

John Feinstein enjoying GW's start so far even more than the publishing advance on a hastily written novel. (Jack Lambert)

Dominating the Atlantic 11 "Also receiving votes" teams. (Ryan Donahue)

Following Pops-Mensah Bonsu on Twitter is as exciting as GW basketball has been since the Yinka Dare era. (Clinton Yates)

Run DMC composing new song this week in honor of Hollis' play for GW last week--"Hannukah in Hollis." (Ivan Snyder)

Followed up a win over Mason in the Battle of the Orange Line with a win at Verizon Center in the Battle of the Circulator Bus. (Markus Videnieks)

BB&T weekend doesn't feel the same without beating Maryland. (Joey Flyntz)

7. VCU

Speculating about where Anthony Grant will be coaching next season purely out of habit. (John Albers)

I would make a Larry Sanders/Jeffery Tambor joke, but all 342 of them I could think of were submitted last week. (Charles Cox)

When VCU's Ed Nixon was on the foul line, Tribal Fever started a "Wat-er-gate!" chant. No, really. I was there. (B. Sopchak)

Last-second miss at William and Mary has to be Nixon's biggest disappointment since secret bombing of Cambodia. (Jack Lambert)

8. Old Dominion

Ken Pomeroy's computer says they're the best in the Atlantic 11. If college football can use computers for their rankings, so can I. (David Storm)

Carter and Lee lead the Monarchs. Not Ivan Carter and Michael Lee. (Chris Bocquet)

Beat Delaware last Sunday. Would any of the 15 people reading the extra pith on Sunday afternoon be impressed by some Blue Hen-themed pith? Anyone? (silence) Ok, moving on. (Jack Lambert)

9. Virginia

Still an ACC school. For now. (Ryan Donahue)

10. George Mason

Battle of the Orange Line was so boring that Patriots are playing the tape on bus trips to help players sleep. Instead of resorting to stealing pillows. (Peter Keszler)

Why the fuss about stealing pillows? Who doesn't enjoy sleeping on pillows used hundreds of other people? (Sean's Ramblings)

Is the theft of a pillow a two-man job? Does this crime really require an accomplice? (John Albers)

Worst use of pillows since Jai Lewis's "John Candy surprise" to sleeping teammates on bus rides (think Planes, Trains and Automobiles). (Jack Lambert)

At least Pearson and Cornelius had something comfy to sit on while they watched their team be obliterated by the Colonials. (Max Wasserman)

11. Morgan State

Bears lost to crosstown rival Loyola, largely because Jimmy Patsos decided to sit on his bench and coach his team for the entire game. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Also receiving pith:

Radford: During last weekend's snowstorm, Brad Greenberg had to run out to stock up on milk, bread, toilet paper and those cabbage rolls that Art Parakhouski eats that make the whole gym smell like that time a possum died in the heating ducts. (Jamie Paquette)

Winthrop, Presbyterian, Kansas, Roanoke. One of these things is not like the others. (B. Sopchak)

Hampton: Somebody had to win the Hampton/Howard match up. Hint: it wasn't the fans. (B. Sopchak)

Liberty: Three straight against Kentucky Christian, Shawnee State, and Houghton. I'm pretty sure that at least two of those names are made up. (B. Sopchak)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 12, 2009; 11:07 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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